Finance Operations Manager, SC

Date: Aug 28, 2023

Location: Columbia, MD, US, 21044

Company: W. R. Grace & Co.

Requisition ID: 22343 

Built on talent, technology, and trust, Grace is a leading global supplier of catalysts and engineered materials. The company’s two industry-leading business segments—Catalysts Technologies and Materials Technologies—provide innovative products, technologies, and services that enhance the products and processes of our customers around the world. Grace employs approximately 4,300 people in over 30 countries.

Job Description

This role is a key financial partner with Global Operations Leadership, Specialty Catalyst Finance Leadership, and the Overall FP&A Organization.  This position assists in leading process improvement and standardization as well as troubleshooting and problem solving across the manufacturing network.  This role will be required to present findings, recommendations, solutions and implementation plans to all levels of Global Operations and Financial Leadership. 


  • Lead and manage all operations finance reporting and consolidation; Coordinate with plant controllers on daily/weekly basis.
  • Facilitates the resolution of financial issues across the network as they arise including costing, forecasting and reporting.  This may include data gathering, analysis and solution determination.
  • Coordinate the productivity tracking and reconciliation process from a Finance perspective.  Determine and implement process improvements and standardization for productivity reporting.
  • Assist in leading efforts to standardize processes for forecasting and budgeting across manufacturing sites.
  • May provide emergency backup for plant finance personnel as needs arise.
  • Learn the commercial/operations connections and impacts across the business.

Required Qualifications

  • Minimum of 7 years of relevant experience in large multinational manufacturing corporation - progressing in finance/accounting and working in a matrixed environment.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Accounting, Finance, or related field
  • SAP and related systems (BPC, SAC, etc.)
  • Microsoft Office Suite capabilities (Outlook, Excel, Word, PowerPoint)
  • Ability to interact effectively with executives, management and functional peer groups and to gain cooperation from others
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills with the ability to communicate/present issues and recommendations in a clear and concise manner, excellent business acumen
  • Must possess strong analytical and problem-solving skills, be highly organized, detail oriented, able to multitask, prioritize, and respond when sense of urgency is present
  • Team oriented and capable of collaborating across multiple functions within the organization
  • Ability to interact with all Finance functions – Accounting, FP&A, Tax, and Treasury
  • Confident with strong interpersonal, influencing, and time management skills
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to interact effectively with colleagues and management
  • Possess the ability to work independently and exercise own judgment
  • Dynamic, flexible, and can thrive in a fast-paced environment
  • Ability to motivate and drive results
  • Ability to handle and prioritize multiple tasks/deadlines in a fast-paced environment

Preferred Qualifications

  • Manufacturing/Operations Finance Experience
  • Financial plant experience 
  • CPA or MBA


  • Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance
  • Life Insurance and Disability
  • Grace Wellness Program
  • Flexible Workplace
  • Retirement Plans 
  • 401(k) Company Match – Dollar to dollar up to the first 6%
  • Paid Vacation and Holidays
  • Parental Leave (salaried only)
  • Tuition Reimbursement

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